Fraudsters can now impersonate your family members through sophisticated voice cloning methods. Here is what you must know about it.
The rise of advanced technology in AI (Artificial Intelligence) has led to a worrying new trend in scams. You might be familiar with deep fakes, which are fake videos made using AI that look very real. These videos often show celebrities or even someone’s family member to trick people into sending money. A new and concerning addition to these scams is AI voice cloning.
AI voice cloning is where scammers use technology to mimic the voice of someone you know, like a family member. This method was used in a scam in Delhi where an elderly man lost Rs 50,000. He was tricked into believing his cousin’s son was kidnapped. The scammer played a voice recording that sounded just like the child, panicking the man and making him send money quickly through Paytm. Later, it turned out to be a fake kidnapping story, just a trick to get money.
These kind of scams are becoming more common as scammers get better at using new technologies to sound more believable.
To protect yourself from these AI voice cloning scams, there are two main things to remember:
Always Double-Check: No matter what you’re told, especially in emergencies or when someone is pressuring you, it’s important to check if it’s true. Scammers often try to scare people to make them act fast without thinking. If you get a call like this, try to stay calm and check the facts.
Listen Carefully to the Voice: AI voice cloning is still a new thing, and often the voices created by this technology don’t sound completely natural. They can sound a bit robotic or strange, especially at the end of sentences. If you’re on a call and the voice sounds a bit off, it might be a scam. You might have seen videos on Instagram where they use AI to copy the voice of famous personalities. Those voices sound a bit artificial, and that’s also true for scam calls.
By being aware and cautious, you can protect yourself from these high-tech scams. Always verify the information you receive, especially if it’s a high-pressure situation. And if something sounds not quite right in someone’s voice, trust your instincts—it could be a scam.